And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees. 1 Kings 18:41-42
In the spirit of “Charismatics gonna charismatic,” pastor Matti Koopman of New Life Centre church in Kelowna, BC, has given a sermon where he demonstrates in stark and vivid detail (and sound) how the prophet Elijah allegedly “birthed” and “pushed out” his Spiritual Promise Baby.
The disturbing episode, along with the disturbing theology, was published on their Facebook page after the September 19 service, where he explains :
“After a period of drought, Elijah prays if you remember. There hadn’t been any rain in the land for seven years. And in 1 Kings 18: 41-42. It said, and “Elijah said to Ahab, go eat and drink for there’s a sound of heavy rain’ hadn’t rained for seven years in the land, and Elijah he is in the Spirit. He sees in the spirit what the potential is. There’s not a cloud in the sky, but he sees in the spirit the cloud. And so Ahab goes off to eat and drink, but Elijah we learn climbs up to the top of the mountain, and it says that he bends down to the ground, and he puts his face between his legs.
When Daniel pleaded with the Lord, it’s this kind of praying. Do you know what he’s doing? And he’s not having a poo, by the way. Excuse me, I’ve just offended some religious spirit.
(Groans LOUDLY) It’s how women in the Middle East gave birth. They put their heads between their knees and they push.
Sometimes when there’s a spiritual promise that is ripe, and pregnant in the spirit, they don’t just happen- you have to push them out. When Daniel saw the eggs in the spirit over Israel, he turns with God with all his force, and all his mind and all his being and all his presence, and he begins to push in the spirit. (More groaning)
Something about the arrival of babies in the natural that speak of the Spirit. You can’t plan them. Babies come early, they come late, but they very rarely come on time, don’t they? They just happen. They show up. And I want to suggest to you that there’s a baby about to be born, that there was an impregnation in another season that is due to be birthed in our day. And the Lord wants to know you’re going to push this baby out.
h/t to Brother John Elving, who also offered some good commentary on this below and has been following this guy for a while now.